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PCC's Shoultz named Athlete of the Year; Malone selected Athlete of the Meet; Men's track take 2nd

The Pima Community College men’s and women’s track and field teams came away with region hardware and a school record on Thursday at the final day of the Region I Championships at Mesa Community College.

The men’s team took second place with a team score of 220. Central Arizona College finished in first place with a score of 235. The women’s team placed third with 147 and finished five points behind Mesa Community College for second place with 152. Central Arizona College was first with 288.

Sophomore Sam Shoultz (Corona del Sol HS) was named men’s track and field Athlete of the Year. He claimed the Region I Championship in the high jump for the second straight year on Tuesday and was the Indoor National Champion in the high jump.

Sophomore Treyshon Malone (Yuma Catholic HS) was selected Male Athlete of the Region I Championship Meet. He took home region titles in the long jump (25-feet, 1.75-inches) and the 110 meter hurdles (14.88 seconds). He also took second place in the 200 meter dash with a time of 21.60. He produced 28 points for the Aztecs.

Freshman Cam Duffy (Peoria HS) won the region championship in the triple jump as he finished with a mark of 48-5.25 (14.76 meters) which gave the Aztecs 10 team points. 

The women’s team also claimed a couple of region titles. Sophomore Hannah Bartz (Mountain View HS) won the triple jump with a mark of 37-0.25 (11.28 meters). She also took third in the 100 (12.09) and 200 meter (25.28) races. Bartz produced a total of 32 points for the Aztecs. She was also part of the 4x100 relay team with freshmen Tyra Yanez (Sahuaro HS) and Rhiannon Bearup (Skyline HS) and sophomore Amber McCroskey (Buena HS) that broke the Pima school record with a time of 47.08. They took second place in the race. 

The 4x400 relay team of sophomore Melissa Cotsonas (Mountain View HS), freshman Aolyion Spruell (Kellis HS), McCroskey and Yanez won the region championship with a time of 4 minutes, 06.12 seconds.

The Aztecs will compete in the NJCAA Division I Outdoor National Championships at Gowans Stadium in Hutchinson, Kan., from May 18-20. 

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Other men’s track & field finishes and team points scored (names alphabetical order):

  • Ben Anderson (Flagstaff HS) – 4th in triple jump 44-4 (13.51 meters) (5 pts)
  • Armando Antonio (Desert View HS) – 3rd place in 5,000 meters 16:09.61 (6 pts)
  • Gabe Atchley – 5th in 800 meters 1:59.15 (4 pts)
  • Ben Bussey (Flowing Wells HS) – 6th in 3,000 steeplechase 11:23.33 (3 pts)
  • Victor Bustamante (Flowing Wells HS) – 6th in 800 meters 2:00.87 (3 pts); 7th in 1,500 meters 4:19.38 (2 pts)
  • Tony Chavez (Bisbee HS) – 4th in pole vault 14-1.25 (4.30 meters) (5 pts)
  • Collin Dylla (Ironwood Ridge HS) – 2nd in 800 meters 1:57.71 (8 pts); 6th in 1,500 meters 4:19.02 (3 pts)
  • David Fernandez (Ironwood Ridge HS) – 2nd place in 5,000 meters 15:52.83 (8 pts)
  • Francisco Gonzalez III (Walden Grove HS) – 8th in 400 meters (1 pt)
  • Nick Hald (Mountain View HS) – 7th place in 5,000 meters 16:46.69 (2 pts)
  • Dahrian Harris-Mesh – 4th in discus 138-7 (42.24 meters) (5 pts); 7th in shot put 42-2.75 (12.87 meters) (2 pts)
  • Seth Jarus (Wickenburg HS) – 2nd in triple jump 47-1.75 (14.37 meters) (8 pts)
  • Alan Leyva (Douglas HS) – 6th in triple jump 43-5 (13.23 meters) (3 pts); 8th in 200 meters 22.37 (1 pt)
  • Alex Palacios (Mountain View HS) – 2nd in 110 meter hurdles 15.16 (8 pts); 3rd in 400 meter hurdles 53.52 (6 pts)
  • Cornelius Payne Jr. (Mountain Pointe HS) – 4th in 110 meter hurdles 15.39 (5 pts); 8th in 400 meter hurdles 1:01.06 (1 pt)
  • James Sather (Buena HS) – 8th in discus 125-5 (38.23 meters) (1 pt)
  • Andy Trinh (Catalina HS) – 6th in 400 meters 58.67 (3 pts)
  • Filimone Tuavao – 5th place in shot put 48-3.25 (14.71 meters) (4pts); 6th in discus 130-8 (39.83 meters)
  • Leyva, Treyshon Alan Malone, Andy Trinh, Alex Palacios – 4th in 4x400 relay 3:19.89 (5 pts)

Other women’s track & field finishes and team points scored (names alphabetical order):

  • Rhiannon Bearup – 4th in 200 meters 25.45 (5 pts); 5th in 400 meters 1:00.83 (4 pts); 7th in 100 meter hurdles 16.68 (2 pts); 8th in 200 meters 26.80 (1 pt)
  • Melissa Cotsonas – 4th in 400 meters 1:00.58 (5 pts); 8th in 100 meter hurdles 17.33 (1 pt); 8th in 100 meters 13.03 (1 pt)
  • Amber McCroskey – 4th in 100 meters 12.38 (5 pts); 6th in 400 meters 1:01.28 (3 pts)
  • Monique Ochoa (Sahuaro HS) – 6th in 800 meters 2:48.15 (3 pts)
  • Hannah Painter – 6th in 5,000 meters 21:49.42 (3 pts); 7th in 1,500 meters 5:32.89 (2 pts)
  • Arianna Roche (Cienega HS) – 5th in 800 meters 2:35.33 (4 pts); 8th in 1,500 meters 5:38.46 (1 pt)
  • Megan Schiffmacher – 4th in triple jump 34-6.25 (10.52 meters) (5 pts)
  • Aolyion Spruell – 5th in 100 meter hurdles 16.25 (4 pts); 6th in triple jump 33-2.50 (10.12 meters) (3 pts)
  • Teresa Sweeney (San Manuel HS) - 6th in discus 110-7 (33.70 meters) (3 pts); 8th in shot put 35-1.75 (10.71 meters) (1 pt)
  • Alyssa Watkins (Camp Verde HS) – 8th in discus 107-6 (32.76 meters) (1 pt)
  • Tyra Yanez – 3rd in 400 meters 1:00.42 (6 pts); 6th in 200 meters 25.73 (3 pts); 7th in 100 meters 12.65 (2 pts)
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Sam Shoultz (left) was named Male Athlete of the Year while Treyshon Malone was selected the Male Athlete of the Region I Championships. The Aztecs men's track & field team took second place and the Aztecs had eight region titles.